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Ascent of Smith Peak on 2018-12-09

Climber: Michael Vincent

Date:Sunday, December 9, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Smith Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:5242 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

I intended to follow Paul McClellan's 2018-11-30 recommendation to use Dennis Poulin's 2012-02-05 driving directions. From everything I saw, Mr. Poulin's directions are excellent and straightforward and you should use them if at all possible.

However, it had lightly rained a few days ago in Phoenix, and although the entire area was generally dry, we found Aguila Valley Drive flooded and too muddy to safely drive without getting stuck. We were able to reach the dirt road that heads up the mountain, but only through a network of little-used BLM roads. This added over an hour to the trip.
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